SAM ROBERTS-SMITH Baritone
Roberts-Smith graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Opera. After
completing his studies he took a full time position with Australia's National
opera company Opera Australia, firstly as a member of the Young Artist Program
before joining the Principal Artist roster. During his
time at OA, Sam performed in an impressive number of performances and gained
valuable experience in productionsincluding Macbeth,
AMidsummer Nights Dream, La Boheme, Lakme, Eugene Onegin, Tosca, Manon, La Traviata, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, La
Sonnambula, Les Pecheurs de perles,Madama
Butterfly, Fanciulla del West, Il Torvatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic
Flute, Bliss, Rigoletto, and Don Giovanni.
performed as a guest artist at both the 80 Birthday Gala
concert for Richard Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland‘s 80 Birthday
requested by the Prime Minister of Australia to perform the National Anthem at
the Australian National Memorial for flight MH17 in Melbourne, and the first
anniversary of the event at Parliament House, Canberra.
Sam has won
numerous competitions and awards including the Australian Singing Competition,
the Joan Sutherland Vocal Scholarship, Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award,
and winner of multiple prizes at the International Paris Opera Awards held in
In 2015 he
returned to Perth as one of The West Australian Opera's inaugural Mentored
Artists while also joining Australia’s premier classical-crossover group the
TEN Tenors. Sam is currently featured on the groups ‘Home for the Holidays’ Christmas
Album. The same year he was selected as the Australian representative at the
International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition held in Amsterdam.
2015 Sam made his China and role debut as Count Almaviva in the Australian
International Opera Company’s production of Le
Nozze di Figaro before returning to Australia to perform Handel’s Messiah with the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra. Following these engagements Sam toured across North America with the
TEN Tenors Christmas show.
performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally including
performances in France, The Netherlands, South Korea, China, England, Scotland,
and North America. Upcoming performances will see Sam make his role debut as
Zurga in Les Pecheurs de perles for WA Opera, perform in North America,
Australia and New Zealand.